Once again, MAI Basic Four Inc., a Tustin computer maker, has extended its $1.1-billion tender offer for Prime Computer Inc.
MAI's offer for Prime was recently topped by a New York venture capital firm, and industry analysts have been expecting the firm either to raise its offer or drop its bid.
But MAI officials gave no indication Tuesday in which direction the company is heading. MAI has said that it intended to top the rival bid.
Analysts speculated that MAI may be postponing a decision as it tries to work out financing for a higher offer.
Prime, a Natick, Mass., minicomputer maker, has accepted a buyout bid from J.H. Whitney & Co. valued by analysts at $1.2 billion to $1.4 billion in cash and securities. Prime has been fighting off MAI's advances for nearly eight months.